Man due in court to face charge of yelling vulgar phrase at female reporter


HALIFAX — A 25-year-old Halifax man is due in court today after being charged with hurling a vulgar slur at a female reporter as she was doing a live broadcast.

CTV Atlantic reporter Heather Butts told her Twitter followers on Dec. 29 that the phrase was directed at her during the station’s 6 p.m. broadcast.

She was doing a short broadcast from the Pint Public House, where fans were watching a world junior hockey championship game.

A recording showed a man suddenly approach Butts and appear to make a crude gesture while calling out the same sexually explicit phrase that has been yelled at other female reporters across the country.

Nash John Gracie was charged with public mischief and causing a disturbance.

Several journalists have expressed support for Butts, saying the incident represents a broader problem of harassment of female broadcast reporters and videographers, sometimes involving a graphic phrase.

The Canadian Press